Tecumseh residents left in the heat following power outages in the city

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TECUMSEH, Okla. -- These are not good days to be left without air conditioning. The power outage happened Saturday, and Tecumseh residents are still left in the dark.

As the summer sun swelters, about 1,000 people in Tecumseh are enduring the heat without air conditioning.

"Well we lost electric yesterday at 4:30 in the afternoon, first day it went in triple digits," Carolyn Effinger said.

She's lived in her Tecumseh home for two years, and she says this is the 6th time she's lost power. All six times, the power outage has lasted longer than 24 hours.

"You know we buy a house, we pay our taxes, we pay our utilities. I don't think expecting to get utilities is that big a deal," Effinger said.

The Tecumseh fire chief says the power outage affected the north-east side of the city.

Tecumseh Electric crews worked overnight to find the problem and make the repairs.

Due to the extreme heat that was forecasted Sunday, the American Red Cross opened a shelter at Tecumseh City Hall.

"We are setting up a watering station so people from Tecumseh can come in, cool off, get something to drink, maybe a snack, sit in the area, hopefully until the power comes back on," James Thorpe, with the American Red Cross, said.

"I feel they're putting band aids on it instead of solving the issues," Effinger said.

Carolyn says she's not the only resident frustrated with the power outages, and she plans to take her concerns to the City.

"I want to talk to the mayor, I want to go to the councilor meeting because I think me as a taxpayer, I have that right," Effinger said.

For now, the homeowners wait - not so patiently - while crews work to keep the heat at bay.

The fire chief tells us crews have pinpointed the block area where the problem is. But it is in an addition with all underground electric. So they're having to locate all utility lines before they can dig and begin fixing the problem.


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